Whether it’s exploring the underwater world, partaking in a luau, or watching dolphins frolic in a dolphin show, Oahu is full of fun activities that kids and grownups can enjoy.
Here’s a handy guide of kid-friendly activities that you can refer to the next time the kiddos are looking for an outing.
Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center
The Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center provides an interactive, participatory learning environment designed to inspire the young and “young-at-heart.” There are various exhibits including an “inside look” at the human body, artifacts that reflect cultures beyond our island shores, an activity called Rainforest Adventures which teaches children the importance of rainforests and more. There’s also programs like Art in the Park, a drop-in art program that takes place every Wednesday.
Voted as one of the island’s top 10 most visited family attractions by Honolulu Magazine, Wet’n’Wild Hawaii is spread across 25 acres and is filled with fun-filled activities, including open-air and enclosed water slides, wave pools, a tubing river and a water park intended solely for children. You’ll also find a volleyball court, arcade, café, food court, gift shop and even a spa catering to adults – complete with whirlpools and cool drinks.
Located in Waikiki, Atlantis Submarines is a must for kids and their families. Passengers are submerged over 100 feet underwater to explore various artificial reefs. In addition to seeing the colorful sights of the ocean and plenty of fish, kids also learn how color disappears under the ocean and how reefs work. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a close-up of a whale!
Disney Luau Ka Wa’a
Kids will have a blast participating in the variety of cultural activities offered at Disney Luau Ka Wa’a. The activities include lei and bracelet making, tattooing and poi making. There’s also a full table of kid-friendly foods and the ability to join the show in a number with Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
This 42-acre zoo centered in Waikiki and overlooking the Pacific Ocean houses native plants and animals including Hawaiian Goose, Hawaiian Duck and Hawaiian Hawk. Visitors are also treated to sights of a variety of mammals, reptiles and birds. Kids will love the zoo’s programs which include camps, twilight tours, field trips and educational workshops.